Police in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho arrested 31 neo-Nazis, members of the Patriot Front extremist group, who were said to be on their way to disrupt a Pride event there, last Saturday, June 11. At least five of them have been identified as those who defaced the “Respect & Love Olympia” mural here last October 16.
The independent news organization Unicorn Riot published an expose of Patriot Front last January that included several photographs from and details about the Olympia event. Combining data from social media and what Unicorn Riot called a “massive leak from [Patriot Front's] chat servers,” Unicorn Riot cataloged video recordings and photographs that The JOLT and independent researchers have since used to piece together some details of the Olympia vandalism.
The June 11 arrests provided the identities of five individuals who were previously known only by their code names, such as “David WA” or “Tyler WA.” These individuals include:
Video evidence (see above) shows that nine individuals were involved in the October 16 event, including five whose identities have been matched by comparing the Kootenai County, Idaho, Sheriff’s office mug shots against with images from Unicorn Riot.
Who were the other four?
The video from October 16 shows eight individuals; a ninth person was running the video camera. No police agency has proposed that they have positive identification of the remaining four people.
Arrest and prosecution
The 31 arrested last Saturday have been charged with conspiracy to riot. All have posted bail and been released from the county jail. All are under court orders to return to Coeur d’Alene for trials at a future date or dates.
The individuals who were involved in the Olympia vandalism are shown rehearsing their plans in a video taken inside of the abandoned Olympia Brewery, which is located in Tumwater. No information has become available that charges have been filed yet by Tumwater or Olympia.
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